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Love, Not Hate: Saving Civilians in Conflict Zones

Love, Not Hate: Saving Civilians in Conflict Zones

It’s easy for humanitarian workers and human rights defenders to hate Myanmar’s military, which has allegedly killed thousands of civilians in conflict zones in that southeast Asian country. And that hate may come even more naturally for the Islamic State terror group, which has tortured and butchered a large number of innocent people, hundreds of miles away in the Middle East.

However, saving, or speaking out for, victims of violence could amount to revenge, and not justice, if it is done out of hate for the oppressor, believes David Eubank, a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer who founded a faith-based humanitarian group called Free Burma Rangers, which rescues civilians in the midst of a war. Thailand-based Eubank, who is Christian by faith, loves not only the oppressed, but also the oppressor, which, he says, frees him to save civilians in a way that could serve also their attackers.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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